Because energy is a shared resource, organized through utilities, we own resources in common. Participation in our electric utilities, whether municipal, cooperative, or investor-owned actively moves us towards a carbon-free energy future.
Electrify | Decarbonize
Our individual decisions also impact the energy mix served to us, through public utilities. Energy Planning guides assessments and implementation of electrification and decarbonization through locally owned renewable energy.
We are our own best teachers. When we share our experiences and teach others what we've learned, together we can transform our shared energy resources. Public Education engages energy users and activates youth to drive our vision of electrification and decarbonization.
VCED Flywheel of Change
These are the elements that drive change.
Our Energy District will harness the power of people acting in common to electrify everything and decarbonize.
In Vernon County, we have action teams that integrate Leadership, Community Action, Technology and Financial tools for any of us to take Leadership.
ELECTRIFY to transform our energy ecosystem. It is the only means to phase out fossil fuels, DECARBONIZE.
Only electricity can be made without fossil fuels.
Fossil energy resources from methane “natural” gas, coal, and oil, all of which are burned creating excess carbon in our atmosphere, will be phased out.
Electricity that comes from sunshine, wind, geothermal and hydro, coupled with storage capacity, is the simplest, safest, most equitable and least costly path to power our lives.
LOCALLY OWNED and PRODUCED electricity gives us the power of self-reliance and cost control.
It's a transformation of ownership as much as a resource. Many of us are waking up to a new kind of freedom. When we invest in our own generation resources, as coop members or public utility customers, we are free from fossil fuel costs.